24 / 08 / 2020
Meet the Models: Tess & Phil
Meet the Models: Tess Dimos & Phil Grundy
Not only are Tess & Phil an absolute dream as a couple, their little girl Athina is the biggest cutie ever too! Today we're talking all things modelling, inspirations, amazing experiences and most importantly if you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? Keep reading to find out...
Ok, so let's start at the very beginning, how long have you been modelling and how did you guys both get into the industry?
Tess: 11 years, I got scouted when I was 18 working at my first ever job in Debenhams in Brighton as a Perfume Sales Assistant. I didn’t think much of it but my boss was horrible to me and I was trying to think of another route I could go! I left that job and worked for an insurance company & applied to my first modelling agency. I ended up being a full time model 3 years later when I left my other job. Never looked back!
Phil: I've been modelling for 12 years, I got scouted at a BBQ!
How would your best friend describe you?
Tess: I copied and pasted this one from my friend “One of the kindest and most loyal people I know. Tess would go that extra mile just to put a smile on someone’s face . Doesn’t take herself too seriously and most certainly always up for a good giggle. She’s even got those words of wisdom too”.
Phil: Extreme Sports Fanatic, Caring, Loyal, Very Funny, Obsessed with Coffee.
And what's the strangest or funniest experience you've had as a model so far?
Tess: There’s been too many... the one that really stands out was a beauty casting I attended years ago. It was summer and I was wearing a white vest as requested at the casting, but with me I brought my brand new, never washed before, black jumper. I took my jumper off before I walked into the casting room. All was well until the photographer asked me to do a certain pose where I put one of my arms up around my head. He looked a little shocked. Once the casting had finished I went to the bathroom and put my jumper back on, I then realised that my black hoodie left black fluff all around my armpits and this was a time before armpit hair was ‘accepted’.
Phil: When I first started modelling, a photographer got in contact with me to do a test shoot at his house. Turns out this photographer just wanted to dress me up in see- through white tops and make them wet, he sprayed me with a spray bottle...
What does a normal daily routine look like for you guys?
Tess: Phil and I have a 2 year old so when we or one of us isn't working it revolves around her. I try to excersize 3 times a week but my daily routine varies day to day as modelling and being a mum are my full time jobs.
Phil: Looking after a 2 year old, running a coffee business and modelling means there's not much of a routine for me either!
Do you have a favourite stand out job you've done?
Tess: My favourite job was either for the Barbour S/S 2020 campaign or a YSL make up campaign I did where they put fake tattoos all over my arms. I absolutely loved them!
Phil: Gillette. Not only was it an amazing 3 days in Prague but I got to sit down and have lunch with Roger Federer who was also shooting the commercial.
Let's talk about challenges in the industry... what have you found challenging in your career and if you could give advice someone new to the industry what would it be?
Tess: I think modelling comes with its ups and downs! I would say when I fell pregnant and wasn’t able to do my usual jobs, I found that to be a struggle as I was “out of the loop” for the best part of a year. It took me a while to get back into the swing of things and it sort of made me feel like I was starting over again. My advice would be DO IT! But know that rejection & inconsistency are perfectly normal in this industry so be prepared. But keep it going, keep your head held high, it’ll be worth it if it’s something you really want.
Phil: The biggest challenge for me has been the amount of work you have to do for free, and my advice would be turning one of your passions into a business - never give up!
So modelling aside, do you have any other businesses or focuses?
Tess: Just modelling and acting! And also getting into DJ’ing - playing music whether on an instrument or on decks has been a big thing for me since I was 12 when I first picked up a guitar. I live and breathe music, I listen to it every day and I would do it all day if I could. I love every type of music! I used to play guitar religiously as a teen and got up to a grade 6 (I’m not as good anymore though). And also DJ’ing has been a big ambition, I used to watch my dad DJ at his night club he had when we lived in Greece and I always want to be like him.
Phil: I have a coffee business called Whitecloud Coffee which I focus on as well as modelling but I also love mountain biking and calisthenics training too.
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What's your biggest achievement to date and any crazy stories to share?
Tess: Giving birth! Sorry too much information haha. And also the way I have dealt with some sad losses over the last 3 years, for the first time in my life I’ve felt like a trooper! Crazy story...there’s also a video on my Instagram too if you’re interested in seeing it. When Phil and I got married on a Greek beach last June, my dad and I had booked beach buggies booked to take us to the beach with the bridesmaids. But 2 days before the wedding we cancelled as we came up with a strange idea which started off as a joke to paraglide into the wedding. ANYWAY, we actually ended up doing it and I’m absolutely petrified of heights. What’s more is that the paragliding company filmed the whole thing and it ended up on national news (and on Spanish news weirdly!). The fear in my eyes was seen nationwide!
And let's finish on some desert island questions... 3 things you can't live without and if you had to only have one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tess: Aside from friends and family, I can't live without Greek salad, my bed and music. And my go-to meal would also be Greek salad!
Phil: I couldn't live without family, mountain biking and coffee, and my forever meal would be roast lamb.